Lockdown, in the wake of Covid19, has opened plethora of situations to be dealt with. One amongst them is ‘How to keep the business running’. The answer was WFH- Work from Home, for all those companies w hose business can sustain out of their employees’ home. So these cohorts are those whose employees need just the ‘Laptop’ to prevail in this difficult time.
Now most companies, especially the software’s, saw a light in these gloomy days which could save them a lot of money that is spent in maintaining their offices. The practice which they are thinking of adopting is by making ‘WFH’ a new normal in the coming years, by downsizing the strength of employees present at their offices at any given point of time.
TCS, renowned Indian software MNC, is leading this concept by already announcing that they aim to have only 25% of its workforce in office by 2025. So the other companies do not want to be left behind and soon follow the suit.
But the flipside of this practice will be the lack of interaction amongst their team members which could have adverse effect in the long run. While being in the office we interact on numerous occasions like while having discussion on a project, sharing our personal things, gossiping with each other. All these situations give an emotional aspect to our side and reinforce the fact that ‘We are by nature a social animal’.
WFH negates this very behaviour which we longed and nurtured since the wake of human civilization. Working within the confines of your room will lead to lack of contact between team members. Just think when WFH will be normal, any two employees will have only professional connect sans emotional. So all those qualities- team player, clear communication, rapport-building, listening, persuasive- will go for a toss because these qualities demand more interaction in person rather than virtually. Otherwise there would have never been an attempt to study human behaviour which helps a person to understand any other person. This is more effective in case of physical interaction.
Many youngsters, fresh out of college, come to big city and live alone or share a room but they don’t deal with them on professional front which need altogether different approach. Feeling of loneliness, fear of others, or negative self-esteem may seep in gradually.
There can be more conflicts with the team members. None or minimal peer learning opportunities will be there and mostly each one in the team will be on their own. There will be feeling of detachment from the company, which any company emphasis a lot at present by engaging their employees on numerous occasions. All these may create a give-and-take relationship between employers and employees. Eventually job hopping will be prevalent leading to low employee retention, another daunting task for HR and the organization.
So the big question at the end is – What the future has in store for all the professionals in the next decade or so?